PETA Doesn’t Target Children . . . Except When It Does!

Back in January, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ Ray Hinkle repeated Ingrid Newkirk’s lie that PETA doesn’t target children. Hinkle was quoted by the Roanoake Times as saying,

[PETA] never hands out things to children under the age of 13 without parents’ permission.

Hmmm, so why did activists show up at Central Middle School in Waterloo, Iowa, to hand out PETA’s Chicken Chumps cards to the students there. Most of the students at Central Middle School are going to be under 13. Was PETA going to ask for permission slips or identification before handing out its cards? Of course not.

On the other hand, someone at the staff of Central Middle School was on the ball (emphasis added),

[PETA activist Chris] Link contacted school officials ahead of time. They let Link’s three-person team come on school property to distribute the cards and talk to the children.

Apparently the fact that Wednesday is early dismissal for Waterloo students didn’t come up in the conversation. At least not until Link showed up at Central at 1 p.m. to scope out the situation in advance of the 2:25 p.m. event.

That’s when he was told the children would be leaving for the day in about a minute.

Sounds like he needs to be handing out Chris Link Chump cards. Apparently Link did rush back to his car, grabbed the cards, and managed to hand out about 100 of them. No word on how he managed to obtain the parent’s permission for all those kids under 13.

Anyways, the freaks activists then headed to KFC to picket along with a person dressed in a chicken costume holding a sign saying, “I’m not a nugget.” (Not that anyone was going to mistake an idiot in a chicken costume for something as delicious as a chicken nugget).

Finally, lets take a look at PETA’s Elizabeth Cooper’s effort to explain the Chicken Chumps cards, which feature characters like “Sickly Sally” and “Tubby Tammy.” Cooper told The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier,

They’re not gross, but they are icky.

Sort of like PETA’s claim that they don’t condone terrorism, they just think it’d be great if animal enterprises were sent on fire while they hire individuals who think it’d be great if people working in animal enterprises were murdered.

PETA — they’re not terrorists, but they are gross and icky.


PETA demonstration moves to fast-food restaurant. Jeff Reinitz, Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier, February 24, 2005.

ALF Damages McDonald’s, KFC in Torrance, California

Animal Liberation Front extremists vandalized a McDonald’s and KFC restaurant in Torrance, California, early February 6.

Police responding to a burglar alarm at the McDonald’s found windows at the restaurant smashed and the words “McMurder Killers” and “ALF” painted on a window.

A KFC near the McDonald’s also had its windows damaged.


Vandals strike a Torrance McDonald’s. Doug Irving, The Daily Breeze, February 8, 2005.

ALF Continues South Bay Campaign Against Fast-Food Giants; Torrance McDonald’s Struck Twice in Week’s Time. Press Release, North American Animal Liberation Press Office, February 14, 2005.

McDonald’s Restaurant in Torrance, CA Latest Target of ALF. Press Release, North American Animal Liberation Press Office, February 7, 2005.

Al Sharpton Joins PETA Campaign

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced a new anti-KFC campaign this month featuring Democratic politician Al Sharpton.

In a press release, Sharpton said,

If KFC wants to take our money and use it to pay for sloppy practices that hurt animals, I say we send them a message that this is not going to happen.

Sharpton is featured in an 8-minute PETA video in which he says, in part,

KFC is not black owned, but it sure knows to market heavily to African Americans … obviously hoping we won’t care about what they do the underdog, or in this case, the underchicken … So, if KFC wants to take our money and use it to pay for sloppy practices that hurt animals—I say we send them a message that this is not going to happen. I’m calling on people to boycott KFC until they adopt animal welfare systems recommended by PETA and until they stop the worst abuses of the birds they raise for their restaurants.

I just have one question about Sharpton’s newfound animal rights activism — how long before he starts accusing KFC of having raped Tawana Brawley? Perhaps they should deploy Sharpton to work on the “Holocaust On Your Plate” as Sharpton was prone to comparing New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams to Adolf Hitler and claimed that Gov. Mario Cuomo had ties to the KKK.

Certainly, Sharpton will fit in well with PETA’s culture of distortions and lies.


Sharpton Joins Call for Boycott of KFC. Associated Press, February 5, 2005.

Sharpton joins with an animal rights group in calling for a boycott of KFC. Melanie Warner, New York Times, February 2, 2005.

Rev. Al Sharpton Preaches Compassion for Chickens. PETA, Undated.

Community Leader Backs PETAÂ’s Demands for Elimination of Live Scalding and Painful Debeaking of Chickens. Press Release, PETA, February 2, 2005.

PETA Unveils Bloody Col. Sanders Bobblehead

As part of its campaign against KFC, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recently produced 2,000 “Cruel Colonel” dolls. The dolls are bobbleheads showing a Colonel Sanders character with a bloody knife and chicken.

According to the a PETA press release,

The 6-inch, painted ceramic dolls will be handed out at select protests across the country and are a clever way to remind people about KFC’s cruel treatment of chickens. Ask the bobblehead colonel if he likes to torture animals—and see what his response is!

In The Roanoke Times, the Center for Consumer Freedom’s David Martosko suggested that PETA activist might hand the bobbleheads out to children, “which fits right into their ‘Let’s get ’em young attitude.'” That prompted PETA” Joe Hinkle to lie to Roanoke Times reporter Mike Hudson. Hudson reported,

Hinkle says PETA “never hands out things to children under the age of 13 without parents’ permission.”

Hinkle is a liar. In May 2004, PETA sent activists to Capitol Middle School in Baton Rouge to hand out PETA’s “Chicken Chumps” trading cards. Here’s what the Talon News reported,

Students at Capitol Middle School in Baton Rouge could soon be trading some new “stomach-turning” cards while waiting for the bus thanks to an outreach effort by one of America’s leading animal rights organizations.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will be handing out “Chicken Chumps” trading cards to students as they leave school on Thursday after the school refused to allow the group to give its “Hidden Lives of Chickens” presentation during school hours.

PETA’s Vegan Campaign Coordinator Matt Rice will hand the cards out to kids at 2:10 p.m. as they leave school. He will be joined by two activists. One will be in a chicken costume holding a sign saying “I’m No Nugget,” and another will be wearing a television that will show chickens being slaughtered to make the nuggets the children love to eat.

“Kids would chuck their buckets of chicken into the nearest trash can if they knew how birds suffer in the meat industry,” Rice said on Wednesday.

Most of the children at Capitol Middle School, which serves 6th-8th grade, would be under 13 (not to mention its just funny how half the time they say they don’t target children at all, half the time they do, and the other half they only target kids 13 and over — nothing with PETA ever adds up).


PETA Doll ruffles KFC’s feathers. Mike Hudson, The Roanoke Times, January 8, 2005.

Animal Rights Activists Again Target School Kids. Charles Mahaleris, Talon News, May 20, 2004.

Jason Baker Fined and Released by Vietnamese Authorities

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activist Jason Baker was fined $15 by authorities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for protesting outside a KFC in that city.

The Associated Press quoted Baker as saying,

Everyone knows Vietnam is not a place where you demonstrate.

. . .

I would do it over again in a heartbeat.

I would encourage him to do so (and maybe the next time he’s there, Baker might want to take note of the appalling human rights problem in Vietnam — or would that be asking too much of a “compassionate” person like Baker?)


Michigan man fined $15 after protesting outside KFC in Vietnam. Associated Press, November 25, 2004.

Pamela Anderson Featured on PETA's New Anti-KFC Billboard

After its outrageous billboards against eating meat, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ new anti-KFC billboard featuring Pamela Anderson is a major let down,

Wow, “Boycott KFC.” I’m sure the nation’s omnivores will foreswear chicken completely with that message.

Apparently PETA’s creative juices only get flowing when they’re calling meat eaters child abusers or making videos showing women being assaulted.

It is interesting to note, though, that in a letter Anderson wrote to Yum! Brands chair David Novak last October, Anderson requested a meeting with Novak saying,

Please contact me through Dan Mathews of PETA at 757-622-7382, extension 1308, or via e-mail at [email protected]. Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

So Anderson “care[s] so much about the pain and misery of these abused little animals” as she writes in her letter, but could care less about associating with a man who celebrated the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. I guess a celebrity only has time to care about so many things, and worrying about those who celebrate serial killers just isn’t on Anderson’s radar.


Letter to Michael Novak (PDF). Pamela Anderson, October 27, 2003.